By Greentech Lead America: Vestas, a global
supplier of wind technology, and Methanex, a methanol producer, have signed a joint
agreement to collaborate on global and regional wind development.
Two years ago, Methanex used Vestas technology to develop
the Cabo Negro Wind Power Plant in Magallanes, Chile, in order to increase
their energy security.
After the success of their first wind farm in Chile,
Methanex is sharing this learning internally to explore if there are further
opportunities within the company to develop new wind power plants in order to
power other production units around the world, as part of their overall energy
sourcing and environmental strategy.
“The success of our wind energy farm in Magallanes
demonstrates the role that wind energy can play in the regional energy matrix.
The agreement with Vestas should contribute to establish a robust regulatory
framework to incentivize wind energy in the region,” said Paul Schiodz, general
manager, Methanex Chile.
With this agreement, both companies will establish a
baseline for the development of future wind projects in/or around Methanex´s global
production facilities; to support and advise Methanex in the development of new
wind projects around the world.
Methanex’s decision to invest in wind was motivated by
the excellent wind resources in the region – which provide an independent,
reliable and competitive source of energy – together with their corporate
commitment to sustainability.
“Methanex has demonstrated the potential that wind energy
has for Magallanes, a region increasingly dependent on scarce natural gas
supply. This agreement, amongst others, is an excellent opportunity to put our
strengths to work together for a better energy regulation in Magallanes,” said
Marcelo Tokman, vice president, Vestas South America.
Vestas signs 56 MW order in Italy
Recently, Vestas received an order from Tozzi TRE, a
developer of renewable energy generating plants, to install 28 units of the
V90-2.0 MW platform for the Castellaneta wind farm in Italy. Under the terms of
the contract, Vestas will install wind turbines and a VestasOnline Business
SCADA system for the wind farm.